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What does a nutritionist feed her kids? Top 10 tips to survive eating with children

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AT face value Dr Jane Bowen is a hard-core academic. With a PhD in nutrition and two bachelor degrees, her work as a research scientist and dietician might seem a little removed from the trials of the daily grind.

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But there are plenty of practical challenges in Jane’s life too. With three children aged 6, 4 and 2 to love and nourish, Jane and her husband know all about the sleep deprivation, the emotional highs and lows and the apparently endless daily chores that come with parenting.

So amongst all the cuddles, washing and toddler negotiations, what does a nutritionist feed her kids?

Here are Jane’s top 10 tips to surviving meals with children, and setting your kids on the right track towards nutritious eating for life.

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3. Eat dinner early

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5. Plan ahead

6. Don’t insist on an empty plate

7. Avoid making dessert a permanent fixture

8. Let your children make some food decisions

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10. Talk about food and healthdemotivating

Jane is a member of CSIROseven, a group of Australian scientists working towards research breakthroughs. She is a Research Scientist and Dietitian for CSIRO Food and Nutrition, based at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

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